Released on October 28, NEO XYX (pronounce "Neo Zaikusu") is now updated to version 1.1. What's new? Better handling of sprite priority, icons and warning messages announcing bosses are now correctly oriented in horizontal mode, dipswitches management on consolized systems has been improved and several bugs have been fixed. This free update can be obtained on request by sending an e-mail to NG:DEV.TEAM. For those who do not remember this title, it's the first Neo Geo MVS shoot'em up that can be play both vertically and horizontally depending on the orientation of the cabinet's monitor. The game features 6 stages, 6 bosses and 5 mid-bosses. Like all NG:DEV.TEAM productions, this danmaku benefits of beautiful 16-bit graphics pixel art graphics. If you missed the MVS version that was only available in pre-order, you can catch up with the Neo Geo AES version (€449) or the Dreamcast adaptation (€34) that should be available before Christmas.
Announced since March, Puyo Puyo Quest Arcade is out in Japan yesterday. Sega renews the Puyo Puyo license with this new game: a mix of puzzle and RPG. Puyo Puyo Quest Arcade is the first arcade game to be free... In fact, only starting the game will be free. The free to play concept is simple: a "Genki" gauge is consumed during the game and the player must pay to fill it again. During the fight the screen is divided vertically: on the left, the RPG part with the combat between players and the monster and on the right side, the classic puzzle game. The whole game is playable via a touch screen. It is important to prepare chain reactions to inflict greater damage to enemies. There are a lot of characters from the Puyo Puyo world such as Arle Nadja, Amitie and Andou Ringo and there are many quests. Puyo Puyo Quest Arcade is playable online up to 4 via the ALL.Net network and supports the Aimé card. The game is also compatible with Puyo Puyo Quest, the iOS version for mobile phones.
Attention all street racers! Tomorrow, save your evening for the Initial D 4 tournament! After Sega Rally 2 in 2006 and Terminator Salvation in 2011, now is the time for our third Winter competition at Liège funfair. This year, the Initial D 4 racing game is highlighted with a tournament on the only machines in the country! As usual, it's a single elimination tournament. In the first round, pairs of players are randomly selected to compete against each other. If you lose your first race, stay there as you can possibly be called back for the second round. Participation is €5 and there are many prizes to win: video games (given by the Player shop in Chênée), DVDs, T-shirts, soft toys and goodies. Don't worry if you're not a good driver, the atmosphere is great and all participants will leave with candies. The complete rules are available on the forum and on Facebook. To summarize: it's version 1.5 of the game, the tracks will be planned, starting with the simplest (Lake Akina or Myogi depending on the number of entrants) and ending with the final in Tsukuba. All races are downhill. The weather conditions are randomly drawn before each race (dry/rain and day/night). The use of IC cards is of course allowed. Let's meet tomorrow (Friday) at 19:30 at Jeux Américains arcade in the Parc d'Avroy in Liège. The nearest train station is Liège-Guillemins. Registration is done on site and remains open throughout the duration of the first round, so do not worry if you're a little late. While waiting for your turn, there will be other video games (Time Crisis II, Rambo, Terminator Salvation, Sega Rally 2 and Manx TT), cranes, bulldozers and redemption machines for your enjoyment. See you tomorrow!
Groove Coaster is a rhythm game from Taito that is released on Type X Zero today. Originally, it was a game out on iPhone and iPod in June 2011 in which the player uses the touch screen to play. The arcade version and a little different as the player uses two spherical controllers each surmounted by a large button. The goal is to perform various actions on the music rhythm to finish a level. Depending on the symbols appearing on the screen, the player must top on the button, hold it pressed, slide the controller left or right,... Generally, only one controller is used but sometimes both are used at the same time. The game has very beautiful vector graphics. The playlist currently contains 21 songs written by artists such as Cosio and Shohei Tsuchiya from Zuntata, Sampling Masters MEGA, M.S.S. Project, Another Infinity, ChouCho, CTO LAB., CTS,... Groove Coaster uses NESiCA network and saving card.
Winter is coming... and in Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AA X, this is also the case. The 3rd course after Akina and Tsuchisaka to benefit from a snowy version is Tsukuba. This special race does not allow the player to choose the race conditions: it is automatically night and snow-covered. The Tsubuka road crosses the Asahi mountain pass located in Ibaraki prefecture. The Tsubuka course is the Purple Shadow's fief to which belong the formidable God Foot and God Hand...
Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX! 1.05 is released today (one day after the date initially announced). This is not a major update this time but some bugs from the version 1.04 out on October 3 have been fixed. The choice of color is now available for all characters and many new titles and backgrounds have been added in "Training" mode.
The next game from the Extreme VS. series is subtitled Maxi Boost and will be released in March 2014. More than 110 units are already announced, some of which will have to be unlocked. Mechas from Full Boost will benefit some attack tweaks and new movement animation. Some new Gundam are already known: MS-06F Zaku II (Mobile Suit Gundam), MSM-07S Z'Gok (Mobile Suit Gundam), ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny), GAT-X105 Strike Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny), RX-104FF Penelope (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathawayâ€™s Flash), GN-001/hs-A01 Gundam Avalanche Exia (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), GNX-903VW Brave (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), First Gundam/RX-78-2/G-Armor (Mobile Suit Gundam), AGE-1 Gundam (Gundam AGE), Black Qubeley (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam/Gundam ZZ) and the GAT-X105B Build Strike Gundam (unlockable, Gundam Build Fighters). New stages will also be added and the CPU Battle Mode will be improved. Regarding the gamaplay, NamcoNamco chose to return to original Extreme VS. gameplay: there is only one kind of Extreme Burst (against two in Full Boost). A new type of Awakening mode, the EX Overdrive, which triggers when certain conditions are met, will be added. The EX Overdrive is available in 2 modes: F-Drive that uses melee attacks and S-Drive that uses projectiles. Rumors say it will run on the rumored Sytem 478 from Namco.
Parisian arcade Arcade Street switched from money to tokens use for its machines. The price of 50 cents per credit remains valid with promotions for serious players. There is indeed a system of decreasing prices: if a token costs 50 cents, €5 will give 11 tokens, with €10 you'll get 23 tokens and €20 will entitle you to 48 tokens representing a 16% reduction. Arcade Street is a place to visit if you go to Paris because this arcade offers recent Japanese games like Darius Burst Another Chronicle EX, Pop'n Music 19 Tune Street and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. It is also the fighters' heaven thanks to the many fighting games available (The King of Fighters XIII Climax, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited, BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition Ver.2012,...). Note also the presence of several Cave shoot'em ups ((Ketsui, Dodonpachi Daioujou, ESP Galuda 2, Dodonpachi et DeathSmiles)) and many other cool titles such as The House of the Dead 4, DanceDanceRevolution X, Razing Storm, Pac-Man Battle Royale, Pocket Fighter, Sexy Parodius, Demon Front, Bomberman World, Tetris The Absolute - The Grand Master 2 Plus and many more. Arcade Street is located at 10 Rue des Immeubles Industriels in Paris. Doors are open on Tuesday to Saturday from 14:00 to 22:00 and on Monday from 17:00 to 22:00.
An update of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost is made today, a new mecha is added: the OZ-13MS Gundam Epyon. This Gundam is piloted by Zechs Merquise and comes from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing series in 49 episodes realised between 1995 and 1996. It's equipped with Beam Sword, Epyon Claw, Heat Rod, Epyon System and Search Eye.
BLAZBLUE Alter Memory broadcast begins on Tokyo MX TV today. The series features 12 episodes and they will be broadcast every Tuesday. The anime is very close to Arc System Works games since Toshimichi Mori, BlazBlue games designer, supervises the project and all the seiyus from the games resume their respective roles (Tomokazu Sugita/Ragna the Bloodedge, Kanako Kondou/Noel Vermillion, Tetsuya Kakihara/Jin Kisaragi,...). The series is directed by Hideki Tachibana (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira) and is produced by teamKG and Hoods Entertainment studios. Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is collaborating on the direction. Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Mysterious Girlfriend X) oversees the script of the series that is co-written by Tatsuya Takahashi (The Idolm@ster, Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom ~). Tomoyuki Shitaya (Bakuman, Hatsukoi Limited, kiss x sis) is in charge of charadesign and is the chief animation director. The story is set in December of 2199 during the new year celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the "Grim Reaper" is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi. Opening theme "Blue Blaze" is sung by Faylan and ending theme "Reincarnation Blue" by Aira YUKI.Good news for French fans, the series also airs in simulcast on Wakanim from October 9n just a day after the Japanese broadcast. Episodes broadcast on Wakanim are free for 1 month (with DRM) and can be purchased for a final download. They are in MP4 formats and are usually available in SD (360p) / HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p) quality.
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